Out with the old and in with the new. left: the assassination of Emperor Ferdinand and right: The new Emperor, Franz Josef I. The King is dead, long live the King.
Franz Josef was born in Vienna 18 August 1830, the eldest of five children. At the age of thirteen the young Archduke joined the army as a Colonel, he saw active service under Field Marshall Radetzky. For the rest of his life following military service, his fashion was dictated by army style normally donning the uniform of a junior officer. In 1848 when the Imperial Family left troubled Vienna for the calmer surroundings of Innsbruck Franz first met his young cousin Elisabeth, a Bavarian Duchess and his future bride to be.
The Assassination of Emperor Ferdinand
The seventy seven year old Klemens von Metternich defied his challengers within the Austrian government to continue his reign as chancellor. He had survived nationalist revolution and gained much support amongst the landed gentry and the capitalists of the Austrian heartlands. Much of his success was brought about by his ability to manipulate the feeble minded Emperor Ferdinand. But on 18 February 1851 Ferdinand was assassinated by a Hungarian nationalist named János Libényi. The assassin had taken his opportunity one early evening while the Emperor was taking a stroll with one of his officers, an Austro-Irishman Karl von Tyrconnell. Bodyguards immediately seized Libényi but were unable to save their Emperor who died in Tyrconnell’s arms . Ferdinand was succeeded as Emperor by his nephew, Franz Joseph I.
The endless rounds of rebel-bashing in Lombardy-Venetia
Continued Unrest in the Empire
The Austrian military remained on alert in Lombardy-Venetia following the failed Italian revolution. Field Marshall Jelacic, hero of the Hungarian war, was charged by the Austrian War Ministry with putting down rebellion and quelling the riots of disquieted Italians. In the Balkans, Russian political stirrings for pan-slavism caused the Ottoman Turks to deploy yet more troops into Walachia and Moldavia. Austria too sent more troops to the area, three imperial divisions were deployed to the Dalmatian border. Russia was playing with fire in order to incite their slavic cousins into overthrowing Ottoman rule and embracing the Tsar as their cultural and religious protector.
Colonial beginings, Abu Dhabi 1853
A Colonial Empire
In the summer of 1852, Metternich decided he needed to endear himself to the new Emperor and to avert attention from himself and the internal stresses of Austria. It was time for Austria to join the other great Empires of Britain and France as a truly international power with overseas interests that would provide trade and strategic naval bases from which to project Austrian influence. It was known to Austrian prospectors that the arab nation of Abu Dhabi was a potentially rich source of oil. A resource that currently remained untapped. Austrian agents were sent to Adu Dhabi to sow instability and provide Austria with a ready excuse to step in and protect Austrian trade interest and to save Abu Dhabi from itself. In September, orders were placed for the import of ships to augment Austria’s woeful navy and two divisions were trained for desert combat and reformed as Austria’s new foreign corps. On 24 January 1853 the foreign corps commanded by General Radokowski departed the Adriatic port of Istria bound for the Persian Gulf. At the end of April Austria declared war and on 15 May Austria’s foreign corps landed western Abu Dhabi and moved to seige Mariyyah. Austria’s highly trained regiments swept away the defences of the Arab tribesmen, the terrain and climate though were far more formidable a foe. On December 12 after the fall of the capital and the capture of the Qasr al-Hosn being the Royal Place and seat of government, Abu Dhabi agreed to terms and ceded its western provinces Marriyah and Ad Dawhah to Austria, only Dubayy remained under the Emir’s administration. The great powers of the world issued no protests.
 In real history Ferdinand abdicated in 1848 after Metternich’s resignation brought about a change in Austria’s administration. As Metternich still holds on to power in my game I decided to oust Ferdinand in a more dramatic fashion taking inspiration from the real life 1853 assassination attempt of Franz Joseph.
Oct- Our peace treaty with France expires.
Jan- We discover High Low Pressure Steam Engines begin Interchangable parts
Nov 27- Peace treaty with Holstein ends
Jan 3- Peace treaty with Denmark ends
March 20: We discover interchangeable parts begin functionalism
Apr 24: Imperial navy arrives in the Persian Gulf. We declare colonial war vs Abu Dhabi.
Dec 12: Abu Dhabi cedes Marriyah and Ad Dawhah in a peace settlement.